Columbus Monthly’s Best New Restaurants 2023
We picked 10 of the best newcomers to the Central Ohio dining scene, from January to December 2022; plus, our favorite new bars and bakeries.
Last year, when our top 10 new restaurants made their debut, fine dining took a back seat—a sign of our risk-laden, inflationary times. Hotel restaurants were able to pull off ambitious openings (see: Fyr at Hilton Columbus Downtown). But independent owners like chef Avishar Barua of Joya’s Café and Josh Dalton of Cove: A Seafood Joint went a more casual route. Meanwhile, Jhapali Kitchen & Bar and Marlow’s Steaks hewed true to time-honored traditions, whether through the masalas used in Nepalese cooking or the meaty goodness of a Philly cheesesteak. All of these newcomers, plus five more, are to be celebrated.
Chef Sebastian La Rocca leads the kitchen at this lively live-fire restaurant in the Hilton Columbus Downtown. (read more)
Subourbon Southern Kitchen & Spirits
At Subourbon in Linworth, restaurateurs Jacob Hough and Patrick Marker are delivering the kind of comforting food they like to eat. (read more)
Jhapali Kitchen & Bar
Authentic Nepalese cuisine shines at this family-owned restaurant in Pickerington. (read more)
Philadelphia cheesesteaks are sold all over Columbus, but Marlow's are the real deal. (read more)
Kona Craft Kitchen + Bar
Kona owners Stacy and Frank Leary have created a welcoming, all-day destination featuring Kona Coffee, great cocktails and much more. (read more)
At Koso in East Market, owner Raymond Kim focuses his menu around small plates, noodles, rice bowls, maki rolls and Korean banchan. (read more)
Located in the heart of Downtown, this hotel restaurant from celebrity chef Fabio Viviani offers refined yet accessible Italian fare. (read more)
Chef Avishar Barua's hip Bengali-American café in Worthington counts China, Korea, Thailand and Taco Bell among its culinary influences. (read more)
Cove: A Seafood Joint
Chef Josh Dalton's seafood joint, Cove, is the latest in a string of restaurants to incubate on Winter Street. (read more)
Station's scratch menu draws on local ingredients and centers around sandwiches and bowls, with a collection of sides, salads and baked goods. (read more)
Best New Bars (With Good Food)
Our top picks include a lovely lounge and patio from Wolf's Ridge, an intimate gin and jazz bar in Short North and a family-friendly beer garden. (read more)
Best New Bakeries
Get to know three new and exciting bakeries, each possessing a unique point of view. (read more)
These stories are from the 2023 Best New Restaurants package in the March 2023 issue of Columbus Monthly.